Zones

Zones are open forums run by your full-time officers, they exist so students have the chance to discuss any ideas they might have and hold their officers to account.

They occur in the lead up to our Senedd meetings so if you have an idea it can be submitted for timely debate.

They are relaxed and informal spaces – you don’t need any prior knowledge of the SU and our processes to attend, everyone is welcome to all zones!

Zones are themed by officer priorities and supported by SU staff members.

What is the purpose of Zones?

 

Zones allow students to address issues relevant to them in a relaxed setting, they provide an important communication link between students and full-time officers. You can:

  • Encourage the Full Time Officer to take action on an issue
  • Suggest an Idea you may want to submit to Senedd
  • Suggest wording and improvements for Ideas or Campaigns
  • Help provide facts and personal experiences relevant to the topic

Full-Time Officers are expected to:

  • Update everyone with their plans and current projects
  • Identify topics that could have positive effects on student life
  • Identify opportunities to work with students on joint problems
  • Answer any questions

We are committed to ensuring equal access to all our students. If you have any queries relating to accessibility, or require any of the meeting documents in a specific format please let us know, email Alice alr80@aber.ac.uk.

 

What is discussed?

 

Each Zone follows a flexible agenda:

  • Introductions – A friendly welcome and chance to get to know your Full Time Officer
  • Officer Report – Hear all about the work of your relevant Full Time Officer and hold them to account
  • Discussion – Students can ask questions about anything relevant to that Full-Time officer
  • Any other business – A fancy way of saying an opportunity to raise anything else ! Perhaps extra topics, updates or announcements

Each Zone is themed by the Full-Time Officer to provide a starting point for discussions however, the Zone is absolutely not limited to this topic

 

How do I submit a topic for discussion? 

 

You can email your topic to our Campaigns and Democracy Coordinator Alice (alr80@aber.ac.uk) or submit an idea through our online form here.

 

Accountability

 

Zones are an important tool of accountability and students are encouraged to ask Full-time officers questions about their priorities. Much like an MP or Senedd Member your Officers are elected to represent you and therefore have a responsibility to ensure the SU are working on issues important to you. Zones are one of the spaces to facilitate this discussion, students can directly influence decisions and help shape projects.

Accountability is a joint responsibility, it is most effective if both Full Time Officers and students engage in the process.

 


Upcoming Meetings: 2021/22  

  Zone Type

Date/Time

Meeting Location

Zones Week 1 Sports and Societies  04/10 - 6pm Zoom
Academic  05/10 - 6pm Zoom
Welsh Culture  06/10 - 6pm Zoom
Wellbeing  07/10 - 6pm Zoom
Zones Week 2 Sports and Societies  15/11 - 6pm Zoom
Academic  16/11 - 6pm Zoom
Welsh Culture  17/11 - 6pm Zoom
Wellbeing  18/11 - 6pm Zoom
Zones Week 3 Sports and Societies  31/01 - 6pm Zoom
Academic  01/02 - 6pm Zoom
Welsh Culture  02/02 - 6pm Zoom
Wellbeing  03/02 - 6pm Zoom
Zones Week 4 Sports and Societies  28/02 - 6pm Zoom
Academic  01/03 - 6pm Zoom
Welsh Culture  02/03 - 6pm Zoom
Wellbeing  03/03 - 6pm Zoom

More About Each Zone 

Welsh Culture Zone

 

Chaired by: Welsh Culture Officer and UMCA President

Staff Support: Support and Representation / Marketing and Communication

Usual Suspects: Welsh Language Officer, UMCA Executive Committee

Bringing together anyone who has an interest in the Welsh Culture, this Zone discusses matters relating to:

  • Welsh Language, Bilingualism and learning Welsh in Aber
  • Access to Higher Education through the medium of Welsh
  • Welsh events, celebrations and holiday activities
  • Support and community resources for Welsh Students and their groups such as UMCA

This zone is accessible bilingually, if you wish to communicate in Welsh or English you are welcome to attend.

 

Academic Zone

 

Chaired by: Academic Affairs Officer

Staff Support: Support and Representation

Usual Suspects: Faculty Reps, Academic Reps, Academic Based Society Committees

Relating to all things education, this Zone covers:

  • The Academic Representation system
  • Specific issues relating to anything from lectures, courses, modules or even degree schemes as a whole
  • Issues relating to services such as libraries, information services or online tools
  • Changes to University structures, staffing or activities

 

Wellbeing Zone

 

Chaired by: Wellbeing Officer

Staff Support: Support and Representation

Usual Suspects: Liberation Officers, Club/Society Wellbeing Officers, Charity or Wellbeing themed Society Committees

Covering the big picture of Wellbeing on campus, this Zone discusses:

  • Support available to students through the SU, University and local health provision
  • Issues affecting accessibility and the physical and mental health of students
  • Campaigns and support to celebrate and promote diversity and inclusion

 

Sports and Societies Zone

 

Chaired by: Opportunities Officer

Staff Support: Opportunities

Usual Suspects: Sports Club and Society Committees

This Zone is split into an hour each for Clubs and Societies and where relevant covers:

  • Taking part in a club or society and all that it involves
  • Grants, funding, coaching and representation
  • Matters relating to facilities
  • Big events such as Varsity, Superteams and Awards
  • Fundraising and volunteering

 


Zones are a great opportunity to get the ball rolling on the discussions you want us to have, and the actions you want us to take.

Submit an idea through our online form here.

If you’re unsure whether a Zone is the right place for your idea get in touch anyway!

  Campaigns and Democracy Coordinator
  Alice Rhodes
  alr80@aber.ac.uk 

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